Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Jamaica’s music and Jews

Brad Klein, a Minneapolis realtor and filmmaker, is a member of the Caribbean island’s last synagogue By ERIN ELLIOTT BRYAN / Community News Editor Christopher Columbus was shipwrecked in Jamaica for more than a year in 1494; and Jews — mainly from Spain and Portugal, fleeing expulsion during the Spanish Inquisition — were first recruited […]

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Hummus in Hanoi

Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam By MIKE IVES HANOI, Vietnam (JTA) — Shahar Lubin earned his culinary chops in Israel, and later the United States, cooking his way through more than 20 restaurants, starting at the age of 16. Still, it was a leap when he moved to Vietnam and opened a […]

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Sholom seeks focus group participants

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Exploring Polonia for a new generation

A new study tour program pairs American Jews of Polish origin with Polish American Catholics to learn about their shared cultural heritage By ZACHARY KAGAN In January, Catholics across Europe take time to reflect on Christian-Jewish relations. The Italian Catholic church was the first to designate a so-called “Day of Judaism,” on Jan. 12, 1990, […]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Growing up Madoff: Living with a notorious name

I’m not changing my name just because someone else sullied it By JON MADOF and LISA KEYS NEW YORK (JTA) — True story: Back in 2008, one of my son’s favorite games was one we called “Bernie Madoff.” It was basically cops and robbers — I played a police officer and Elie, 3, was Bernie. […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A year later, remembering a parent’s last days

Saying goodbye to Grapo was a painful end for those who loved him By LAURIE KRAMER My father — called Grapo by family, Archie by friends — died in New York City on Dec. 19, 2014. He was 96 and had told his companion he was ready to die. Still, it was a painful end […]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Seeking an Administrative Assistant

The American Jewish World has an immediate opening for a person to work part-time (15-20 hours per week), M-Th, as an Administrative Assistant. The ideal candidate will be proficient with Sage (Peachtree) bookkeeping and MS Access database software. Other attributes include a pleasant phone and personal presence, a great attention to detail, and, of course, […]

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

With the Hasidim on Christmas Eve

The origins of Nittel Nacht customs are murky; some are historical, others are spiritual By URIEL HEILMAN NEW YORK (JTA) — Christmas is a day like any other in most Hasidic neighborhoods in New York: Children go to school, shops are open, and tinsel and holly are nowhere to be seen. But Christmas Eve occupies […]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Jewish Montreal: On foot, online, on the page

The Museum of Jewish Montreal offers walking tours and other resources to showcase the neighborhoods once vital to the city’s Jewish residents By NATALIE ROSINSKY My husband and I walked through Jewish history last summer in Montreal. Thanks to guides from the local Museum of Jewish Montreal, we along with a handful of other curious […]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Only memories remain of Poland’s Jews

Free walking tours and beautiful museums tell the story of the Jewish communities in Warsaw and Krakow before and during World War II By CARLA WALDEMAR Poland was high on my bucket list. So it was time to check it out, thanks to amazingly affordable prices, welcoming locals, and a lively, can-do spirit fueling cities […]